Sri Lanka economic growth slowest in 17 years

COLOMBO: A political crisis in Sri Lanka last year led to the slowest economic expansion in 17 years, the central bank said on Friday. Growth for...

German business confidence drops for 6th straight month

The Ifo institute said its monthly index declined to 98.5 points from 99.3 in January, sinking to its lowest level since December 2014

Alibaba CEO rules out layoffs this year

This week reports circulated in Chinese media that e-commerce site and Alibaba rival Inc would lay off 10 percent of its senior executives. The company declined to comment directly on the cuts

Asia’s surging fuel exports depress refining industry profits

Since 2006, the Asia-Pacific has been the world’s biggest oil consuming region, led by traditional industrial users South Korea and Japan along with rising economic powerhouses China and India

Dollar retains gains, Aussie finds footing after slide

The dollar index against a basket of six major currencies was little changed at 96.608 after edging up about 0.15 percent overnight when long-term Treasury yields surged to a one-week high on news of progress in U.S.-China trade talks

Asian shares mostly lower as investors watch trade talks

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.5 percent to 21,368.54 in morning trading and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.5 percent to 6,170.30

Oil prices fall as U.S. crude output hits record 12 million bpd

International Brent crude futures were at $66.87 per barrel at 0326 GMT, down 20 cents, or 0.3 percent, from their last close

Apple teams with Ant Financial, banks for interest-free iPhone financing in China

Apple is offering the plan through Huabei, a consumer credit service run by Ant Financial, the payment affiliate of e-commerce giant Alibaba, Apple’s China website shows

Eurozone industry slips into contraction

BRUSSELS: Eurozone manufacturing slipped into contraction in February, as an industrial slump in Germany continued to weigh down on the European economy, a closely watched...

Asian shares mixed following advance on Wall Street

The Nikkei 225 index rose 0.6 percent to 21,431.49 despite news that Japan’s exports sank 8.4 percent in January from a year earlier, far more than forecast

Oil slips away from 2019 highs as surging US supply undermines OPEC cuts

OPEC-member and top crude exporter Saudi Arabia is expected to reduce shipments of light crude oil to Asia in March as part of the effort to tighten markets

In sharp U-turn, monetary policy easing back in play across Asia

A softer dollar and lower oil prices played an important role in the turnaround. But crucially for Asia, regional growth engine China is having a worse than expected start to the year and is exporting disinflation to the rest of the region

Qualcomm urges U.S. regulators to reverse course and ban some iPhones

Qualcomm is seeking the ban in hopes of dealing Apple a blow before the two begin a major trial in mid-April in San Diego over Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices

U.S., McKinsey & Co reach $15 million settlement over bankruptcy case disclosures

The department’s U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) alleged that McKinsey “made insufficient disclosures about its clients and investments in certain entities” connected to debtors that had hired the consulting firm for financial advice, the department said in a statement

Qualcomm launches new chip to power 5G smartphones

Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday introduced its second-generation of so-called modem chips to connect phones to 5G networks, speeding up the race around faster wireless...

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